Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Egyptian elections 2012

To start 2012 Egyptians have been voting in the third round of their elections.
IFES has some background information on the electoral system.
Jadaliyya has a good site with topical news updates and analysis. It launched the Egypt elections watch in association with Ahram Online, with the Center of Contemporary Arab Studies (Georgetown University) and the Middle East Studies Program (George Mason University)This has excellent introductions to election laws, profiles of parties and key figures along with maps, legislation and links to key news feeds and facebook sites. Also useful for this type of information is the Egypt Votes. This site aims to encourage quality reporting by young Egyptian journalists. It is jointly financed by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada and the German Federal Foreign Office.
Some of the site is in Arabic, but there is also a twitter wall on the left hand side which has interesting current comment. It is also offering support to the Egypt Electionnaire which has been created by by the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) and MICT (Media in Cooperation and Transition) and provides an introduction for voters to the policies of the main parties. Finally look for further comment from Egyptian and other international bloggers on the Global voices website.

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